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ACEDS Launches New Global Chapter in Australia/New Zealand

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December 3, 2021 – Dallas, TX, Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand—The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the world’s leading e-discovery training and certification organization and part of The BARBRI Group, today launched the Australia/New Zealand (ACEDS ANZ) Chapter expanding its growing e-discovery educational and training network in the eastern hemisphere and adding to its international chapters, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Benelux, South Africa and Canada.

Comprised of only a few of the region’s many and most influential e-discovery professionals, some of whom hold the CEDS certification, the ACEDS ANZ chapter aims to provide a local forum through which legal professionals in Australia/New Zealand will support the advancement of a unifying influence in e-discovery and its adjacent areas within the legal industry. The new chapter will offer educational programming, social networking events, and a forum for the exchange of ideas, guidance, and best practices in e-discovery.

The following experts will serve as the first volunteer board for the ACEDS Australia/New Zealand Chapter:

  • President: Emma Young, CEDS, Sky Discovery
  • Vice President: Rhyno Heydenrych, CEDS, Commerce Commission, NZ
  • Secretary: Zoran Iliev, CBIT Digital Forensic Services
  • Treasurer: Gina O’Neill, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Director of Marketing: Pavan Kotha, CEDS, Clayton Utz
  • Co-Director of Membership: John Minn, McGrath Nicol
  • Co-Director of Membership: Enzo Lisciotto, Reveal Brainspace

“We are delighted to build our community in Australia and New Zealand where there is already an active and diverse network of e-discovery, legal technology and information governance professionals,” said Maribel Rivera, Senior Director of Community Relations at ACEDS. “Our objective is to be an association that encourages engagement and the development of a global community, all focused on the same objective: understanding how we can continue to develop best practices and provide quality services through education and training.”

“I’m super-stoked to launch a new chapter down under in Australia-New Zealand,” said Mike Quartararo, president of ACEDS. “At a time when e-discovery processes and technology in general are accelerating, there is great need for training around the globe, and we are proud to be at the forefront, educating practitioners and the next generation of e-discovery experts,” he added.

The Australia/New Zealand Board is currently planning the chapter schedule for the year including a virtual launch event for current members and those interested in learning more about the chapter. The board is also recruiting volunteers from law firms and corporations to participate in a committee that would help to develop a Certified E-Discovery Specialist credential based on Australian and New Zealand law. The goal is to release a CEDS ANZ exam and credential by Q1 of 2023. The CEDS ANZ would be the second international exam developed by ACEDS. ACEDS recently launched its first international credential, the CEDS Canada this past October.

The ACEDS ANZ chapter is currently running its membership drive and sale on all ACEDS training programs through the end of January. Those interested in joining the chapter and signing up for the Certified E-Discovery Specialist, E-Discovery Executive Certificate, or Mini MBA Financial Series can use ANZ30 for a 30% discount.

To learn more about the ACEDS Australia New Zealand Chapter or stay up to date with news and announcements, visit

The Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, is the world’s leading organization for training and certification in e-discovery. ACEDS provides training and certification in e-discovery and related disciplines to corporate legal departments, law firms, the government, service providers and institutions of higher learning. The CEDS certification is recognized around the world and used to verify skills and competence in electronic discovery for organizations and individuals through training, certification, and ongoing education. The CEDS credential is held by legal professionals at the largest Fortune 500 companies, Am Law 200 firms and government agencies. ACEDS has 28 chapters, with locations in major U.S. cities, the UK, Ireland, Canada, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Our goal is to help professionals and organizations reduce the costs and risks associated with e-discovery while helping to improve and verify their skills and advance their careers and overall technology competence in e-discovery and related field


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